Remembering Cynthia Ann Savage



My life with my mom for 36 years:

Cynthia Ann Savage (Sanchez), my mom, who raised me. She had spoiled me so much spoiled and she taught me all about “love” in many different ways than one way of communication. I always have felt her free spirit with her life. She was very strict about hugs and kisses that were NEVER enough for us! A couple years ago, the unfriendly cells came in her and they were slowly destroyed her free spirit but no one can stop us for kisses and hugs! My emotions and frustrations with my mom in communication were on the roller coaster.  Eight years ago, my mom and I finally found a better way to communication by using Video Relay Service and corresponding through emails.  We became better friends than just a mom and son relationship.

I welcomed my mom in my dream on Dec 23rd.  All she did was that she wanted to show me how great Flamenco dancer she was in her spirits. The dream continued everyday and it did drive me crazy because my mom wouldn’t stop dancing. I could feel her tiredness from dancing after one week. Her make up were starting to fade away by sweating and her hair got soaked. She was so stubborn to keep dancing and that’s when I finally realized how much she missed dancing when she was a little girl.  The next day, I got email from my dad and I realized that my mom disappeared from my dream!  I was smiling that she did the last dance with my dad on New Year’s Eve!  I shared my dream with her grandparents, my mom’s parents, and both of them agreed with me about her dancing. She was the DAMN best flamenco dancer in the world!

My parents and I had so much love while we journey in our lives. When I was young, I could imagine my parents that they would grow old together just as I witnessed my great grandparents and grandparents.  Both of them have been married together over 70 years.   It broke my heart that I won’t see my parents grow old together and my dad lost his other half.  My mom gave so much love and comfort to my dad and me. She touched my heart when she saved her last breath on a special day to celebrate New Year’s Eve with my dad. I hope my mom’s spirits will be around and comfort my dad while taking his tears away.

My dad and I spent great quality time together to work on my mom’s memorial services for 4 days. The 4 days were the greatest experience I ever had because I was there for my dad to support him during his grief.  I was honored that I could listen to his stories about my mom.  My dad and I had so much patience to each other while the time went by.  My dad went through a very difficult time when we all went up North California for my mom’s memorial service and he had to face my mom’s family.  I was so glad that I could be there for my dad and my mom’s family to comfort and grieve with them.  My mom’s death made a huge impact on my mom’s family because they all witnessed a full circle of life.  She was the youngest in her family.

I had the best lesson learning about different things from my mom in the past. I’m going to pass on to my children what I have learned from my mom and explain to my children about love.  In the future, I hope we will keep continue to pass on our love to the next generation and tell all of our children about our history in Spain and Ireland.

Written by Jon-Lenois Savage

“Don’t miss an opportunity to make and share special moments together and take lots of photos of those moments. I was lucky; it was always easy to make Cynthia smile. The time always comes too soon when you realize that there are no more opportunities to make special moments together and that all you have are the memories and the photos. Share every day – every moment together as though it was the last one because, sadly, they don’t last forever.”

“She lives Forever in our hearts”

Written by Oran-Lenois “Len” Savage, my dad

Cynthia Ann Savage (Sanchez)
2/11/1949-1970 – Oakley, CA
1970-1975 – San Bernardino County & Orange County, CA
1975-1985 – Tulare County (Visalia), CA
1985-1/2/2009 – San Diego, CA

For more pictures of her and more please go to my dad, Len’s site at Thank you.

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  1. Misha says:


    Please accept my sympathies about your mom’s passing. She must be a very special mom in your life. Your poem and montage of your mom vlogs are so beautiful and touching. You and your family will treasure the great memories of her for all years to come. She is always in your heart.
    Again, I’m sorry.

    (((((big hugs)))))


  2. Jonathan says:


    I am very sorry that your mom died. Your blog about your mom shows that you truly cared for your mom and show a strong adoration of her. May you hold onto those memories of your mom in your life with stories that you share with your children, your family, and your friends.

    I wish I could get my mom to be photographed more often because I would hate to see myself in a situation not being able to take photos of her anymore and not having many to look at. I will have to work on this; thanks for reminding me to do this.

    Beautiful piano piece that you used for the slideshow of pictures with your Mom in it.


  3. RaVen says:

    My deepest sympathy for you and your family. Thank you for sharing the beautiful videos.

  4. LaRonda says:


    ~ LaRonda

  5. Jon Savage says:


  6. Stephen Hardy says:


    This is a very powerful and heartfelt memories you have obtained. You were taught love and that is even more special. When people pass on to the other side they take their cherished memories with them.

    You will realize that life is more like poetry which includes laugher, sadness, and above all, love. You can pass this love down to your children and her memories will continue to be alive through your stories of her.

    Her spirit is with you and she has left her body but she is still here. Cherish this moment because this is something very worthy to hold on externity.

    You are indeed blessed!

    Peace and Love,

    Stephen Hardy

  7. Paulette says:

    My heart goes out to u and ur family during ur difficult time. The video made for ur dear mother is beautiful! U and ur family r forunate to have her and her love in ur life. U have my heartfelt consolence. Hugs.

  8. deafk says:

    Aw, Jon,

    This is a great way to express your feeling for your mom. You have so much in your mom.

    I wished I had done that. YouTube started a few years ago, tho…

    Nice tribune to your mom! 🙂 *hugs*

  9. Len Savage says:

    To all;
    Thank you all for the heartfelt comments and thank you for sharing in our hours of grief.
    The video tribute to Cynthia was a labor of love by Jon and myself. We are proud that it allows others a small peek into our lives and most importantly to keep alive the memory of Cynthia – my wife, best friend and soul mate – who deserved and received only the best.
    I have gotten a lot of comments about the music. It is a piece entitled Sacred Ground by Jon Schmidt, an amazing musician from Salt Lake City, and is available at
    Peace, love and blessings to you.
    Len Savage

  10. Janet says:


    I am very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. It is hard to let our parents go even when you feel like they have lived a good full life. You are in my heart as I pray for your healing process to continue.

    Just to share with you, I am experiencing the same thing but it feels “incomplete” because we haven’t done everything in complete yet. No memorial service, nothing. My father passed away on Dec. 12, 2008 of end stage renal disease. He was 83 years old – yes, a very long life. I was preparing myself for the inevitable that my parents will one day leave the earth since they have live a truly long and fulfilling life. No matter how well prepared I was, I wasn’t. The day God called him home, I grieved too. It wasn’t easy to let them go but we must.

    I am grateful that we have an opportunity to share, learn and grow. We can all do this together – online.

    May you find wonderful opportunity to share, learn, grow and pass on the wisdoms to your children. It is something that can never be taken away.

    I like this verse: “Your heart will be where your treasure is.” From Luke 12:34 – treasure all that you have in your heart – it will never spoil, rust, or fade away!


  11. Susan says:


    So sorry about your mom’s passing, may peace be with you and family at this trying time.

    Your vlog is so beautiful and made me teary… you do have her spirits and I can see it in all of your pictures and video including your mom. Cherish the good times and time will heal… BE yourself…

    Bless your heart, be strong one day at a time..

    SuzieQ (Canada)

  12. Leon says:


    I am so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing, and you are right, she is at better place. May the Peace be with you and your family.

    -Leon J.

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